Taking into consideration that no two children or families are alike, I do not believe in a one-size-fits-all sleep approach. My extensive training and experience allows me to draw from a variety of sleep training methods (excluding pure extinction) to find the one that's the most effective and the best fit for each family. My flexible and holistic way of approaching sleep coaching allows me to create more supportive, individualized sleep solutions for each family that rely on step-by-step changes in your child's nap and nighttime sleep routines where your child learns to sleep better, longer and more soundly all while feeling loved and reassured by mom and/or dad.
Some tears are inevitable during the sleep coaching process as crying is a way for babies and toddlers to communicate to us how they are feeling since they do not always have the verbal skills to do so. What's important to remember is that not all crying is the same and that the tears that occur will most likely be due to frustration. With consistent, loving support your little one will quickly learn that you are there to comfort him/her and the frustration will subside. By being there and offering support and reassurance, your little one is able to learn how to fall asleep and stay asleep in a safe and secure way.
No, you can still breastfeed (or bottle feed) both during and after sleep coaching. I will work with you to create a customized sleep and feeding plan that is tailored to your family's needs.
Yes, if you want to room share with your child I will work with you to create a sleep plan that accommodates your preferences.
In general, the process can take anywhere from 1-3 weeks depending on your little one's age, sleep challenge(s), your sleep goals, how gradually you want to go, etc. That being said, most families start to see improvement within a couple of nights. Please note that daytime sleep usually takes longer than nighttime sleep.
As a Certified Pediatric Sleep Consultant I provide proven methods, educational information, support, and encouragement tailored to your family's particular situation. The personalized assistance that I offer can help cut through the confusion, organize the information and provide a fresh perspective on your family's unique situation. I will give you the tools and we will work together towards achieving your family's sleep goals.